Monthly Archives: April 2007

What to do about Botnets?

As mentioned on our blog last week (April 25) we cosponsored a Capitol Hill briefing with Microsoft about the growing threat of botnets. (See the post for more information on what botnets are.) Senators Pryor and Bennett made opening remarks about how the Internet is increasingly integrated into society and how computer security is an [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of April 30

Part of this week’s House legislative calendar includes the reauthorization bills for the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Science Foundation, as well as a concurrent resolution honoring Frances Allen on the occasion of receiving ACM’s Turing Award. May 1 Hearing/Markup: The Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee of the House Judiciary [...]

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Competitiveness Bills Advance in Congress; Other Legislation Soon to Follow

Three bills linked to the American Competitiveness Initiative took an important step closer to becoming law this week – they passed one of the houses of Congress. On Tuesday, the House passed HR 362, the 10,000 Teachers, 10 Million Minds Math and Scholarship Act, as well as HR 363, the Sowing the Seeds Through Science [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of April 23

Aside from the hearings mentioned below, we expect competitiveness legislation to receive floor attention this week in both chambers. April 24 Meeting: The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology will meet. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., The National Academies, 500 5th Street NW, Washington, D.C. Hearing: The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold [...]

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Briefing: Learning about the Threats from Botnets

Next Wednesday at 12:00 p.m., ACM and Microsoft are sponsoring a briefing to educate policymakers about the growing threat of botnets. For those not familiar with the issue, ‘bots are malicious software (viruses, worms, etc.) that take over an unsecured computer and place it under the control of a hacker or ‘bot herder’. These computers [...]

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House Administration Committee Looks Into Sarasota Vote

This morning a Task Force of the Committee on House Administration held a closed meeting regarding the voting irregularities in Sarasota County’s election for the 13th District seat. The Task Force is headed by Representative Charles Gonzalez of Texas. The Task Force was formed in late March, as noted in the committee press release currently [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of April 16

The House has returned from its April recess. They may consider HR 363, one of this year’s competitiveness bills, at the end of the week. The Judiciary Committee hearing originally scheduled for April 19 has been postponed. April 17 Hearing: The Senate Commerce, Science and Transporation Committee will hold a hearing on the proposed merger [...]

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Data Mining Bill Voted out of Committee

The Senate Judiciary Committee sent S236, the Federal Agency Data Mining Reporting Act of 2007 to the Senate floor by a voice vote. The bill, which we posted about earlier this year, would require the federal government to report annually on the development and use of technologies that would mine data for patterns of criminal [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of April 9

The Senate is back in session this week, but the House won’t return from recess until the 16th. April 10 Hearing: The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) and 9-1-1 services. 2:30 p.m., 253 Russell Building

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ACM Washington Update, Vol. 11.3 (April 6, 2007)

CONTENTS [1] Newsletter Highlights [2] Electronic Voting Under Extended Scrutiny [3] A Deeper Look at E-voting Reform [4] DHS Releases Proposed Rules for REAL ID Act [5] New Congress Takes Up Competitiveness Legislation [6] ACM Computing Contest Demonstrates Global Talent [7] USACM Members Win ACM Awards [8] About USACM

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A Deeper Look At E-voting Reform: Testing Labs and Audits

We are continuing (regrettably after some delay) to take a deeper look at Representative Holt’s proposal — The Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2007. In my last post, I discussed his central proposal, which is to mandate that all machines produce voter-verified paper ballots that preserve privacy and are durable. Today I’m going [...]

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USACM members receive ACM Awards

Two USACM members have been recognized by the ACM, and we wish to spread the news and offer our best wishes. Eugene Spafford, Chair of USACM, has been recognized with the President’s Award. The award recognizes individuals who have “demonstrated their exceptional abilities to advance computing technology and enhance its impact for the benefit of [...]

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